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The Economic Crisis and Stimulus Acts – A Guide to Online Sources

Federal News and Programs

Click on the links to view in full.  The following are websites provided by the Federal Government regarding the economic crisis and the government response.  These include links to the actual legislation, as well as analyses of the situation and policies related to the legislation.

Legislation

  • Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (EESA) (Pub.L. 110-343): To provide authority for the Federal Government to purchase and insure certain types of troubled assets for the purposes of providing stability to and preventing disruption in the economy and financial system and protecting taxpayers, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for energy production and conservation, to extend certain expiring provisions, to provide individual income tax relief, and for other purposes.
  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) (Pub.L. 111-5): Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes.

Agency Websites 

  • Recovery.gov: The Federal Government’s official website on the Economic Stimulus, designed to provide detailed information about where the stimulus money is being spent.
  • IRS Information Related to ARRA: Highlights of tax-related provisions of the new program.
  • US Securities and Exchange Commission: The mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. 
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation: The FDIC’s official website; supplies links to legislation regarding the economy.  It also provides consumers with information on banks that have closed, including what your next step should be if your bank closes. 
  • US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs: Helps manage Senate business in areas related to: banking, insurance, financial markets, securities, housing, urban development and mass transit, international trade and finance, and economic policy.  
  • House Committee on Financial Services: The Committee oversees all components of the nation's housing and financial services sectors including banking, insurance, real estate, public and assisted housing, and securities.
  • A New Era of Responsibility: Renewing America’s Promise: Provides a description of the Obama Administration’s fiscal policies and major budgetary initiatives. This document is an overview of the full Fiscal Year 2010 Budget expected to be released this spring.
  • Failed Bank List: Powered by the FDIC; a list of banks throughout the United States that have failed.  Includes dates and detailed information about each institution.

Background Information  

  • The Financial Crisis: Sponsored by the Federal Reserve, this site offers a timeline for the economic crisis.  It also provides a series of papers and presentations dealing with the topic, as well as statistical data.  A great source for additional government links.
  • Economic Stimulus Package by State: A map that shows how much stimulus money each state is receiving.

 

Indiana News and Programs

Click on the links to view in full.  The following websites were created by the State Government and are geared for Hoosiers.  Whether you are trying to file for unemployment or simply seeking information on how Indiana is allocating its stimulus money, this is the place to go.

Legislation 

Agency Websites 

Banking and Economic News

Click on the links to view in full.  These commercial websites provide basic economic information and analysis.

Banking 

  • Credit Crisis – The Essentials: Powered by the New York Times, this site provides updates on the credit crisis and the economic bail out.  It also supplies historical economic information. 
  • Economics Focus: For a more international perspective, visit The Economist’s website.  Read global commentary on the crisis. 
  • Fortune Magazine: National magazine; includes sections on finance and the economy.
  • Marketplace: Produced by American Public Media, this offers a collection of perspectives on the economic crisis.
  • Bank or Credit Union Star Ratings: Powered by Bauer Financial, this rates banks and credit unions based on their performance in today’s economy.
  • Newsweek: National magazine, includes sections on finance and the economy.
  • Marketwatch: Through the Wall Street Journal.  Allows viewers to see how the market is doing, both in the United States and abroad.  You can also access currency rates to up-to-date news stories. 
  • Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is one of the nation’s premier policy organizations working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals.

Global Standpoint 

  • International Monetary Fund: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 185 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.
  • The World Bank: Made up of two institutions, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the International Development Association.  The World Bank provides low-interest loans, interest-free credits and grants to developing countries.  Owned by 185 countries.
  • Global Recession Links from BBC News: Links to a variety of stories from the BBC about the global recession and how it affects the whole world.
  • World Trade Organization: The World Trade Organization (WTO) deals with the rules of trade between nations at a global or near-global level.  Includes information about the relationship between world trade and the economy.
  • The High-Level Group of Financial Stabilization: A report by the European Union regarding the effects of the poor economy in Europe.

FD 12-11-2014